Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018. 11:21 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The United States Embassy in Belmopan recognized Staff Officer, Rhea Rogers, as the U.S. Department of State’s International Woman of Courage award nominee for Belize and Anna Silva as the Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2018.
Both awards were presented at the 13th Annual Outstanding Women’s Awards Ceremony hosted by the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Women’s Department yesterday at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.
The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.
Rogers was chosen for her tireless advocacy for women’s full participation in Belize’s development and promoting equity and equality for Service Women in Belize.
The U.S. Embassy’s Woman of the Year award started in 2010 and celebrates the achievements of remarkable women and the causes to which they devote their lives.
Silva was chosen as this year’s Woman of the Year for her lifelong commitment to empower women and girls, inspiring accomplishments, and notable contributions to her community.
These awards represent part of a larger U.S. effort to promote gender equality and empower women and girls in the United States and abroad.
US President Donald J. Trump in his proclamation for Women’s Month stated: “Women are leaders in a range of fields, from business and medicine to government and the arts. And America is committed to create conditions that empower women to achieve even more.”
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